Today’s essential question: How do you think people perceive you? How is this similar or different to what you are actually like?
For our next project, we will create a portrait in Adobe Photoshop. You may choose to create a self-portrait or a portrait of someone you know. You must know this individual well enough to conceptualize a well thought out response to the theme, “What people think I’m like versus what I’m actually like” and be able to post a high-resolution image of them to your blog by next class.
First, we will examine photographer Joe Pares’ series, “Judging America,” and explain how his juxtaposition of portraits responds to societal stereotypes.
- 11×14″ at 300 DPI
- created in Adobe Photoshop
- combines a minimum of five different images. At least 3 of these images should be heavily altered.
- depicts a clear conflict between multiple aspects of the individual’s personality
- works together as a unified whole
- progress posted daily to the class blog, along with a written reflection on any challenges, how you are moving towards your final vision, etc
- I will create a portrait on the theme “What people think I’m like versus what I’m actually like” in Adobe Photoshop. My portrait will display a clear conflict between multiple aspects of the chosen individual’s personality. (NYS standards 1&2)
- My artwork will display an understanding of the following Photoshop effects: blend modes, gradients, filters, hue/saturation, and levels. (NYS standards 1&2)
- The different parts of my artwork will work together as a unified whole. (NYS standards 1&2)
- I will respond to and analyze the role of cultural stereotypes in the work of Joe Pares.
Here are some examples of pieces that would fulfill the project requirements:
Here are some links to written pieces depicting the struggles of various groups:
- A 2012 study showed that the Rochester City School district held the worst graduation rates for young men in the country. For the 2009-2010 cohort in the Rochester City School District the report finds 9% of Black males, 10% of Latino males, and 31% of white males graduated in 4 years. A review of the current show, “Black Males,” at the Rochester Contemporary Art Center (the exhibit runs through November 16th). This article further cites some troubling statistics for African-American males in the classroom.
- Zora Neale Hurston’s essay, “How it Feels to be Colored Me,” describes a black woman’s perspective.
- A recent controversy over a Gap ad shows how fat-shaming and skinny-shaming are two sides to America’s obsession over body image.
- In 2013, women were paid 78 cents for every dollar their male counterparts earned for doing the same job. This website includes more details, including a breakdown of the wage gap by race.
Today we will:
- examine photographer Joe Pares’ series, “Judging America,” and explain how his juxtaposition of portraits responds to societal stereotypes.
- brainstorm ideas for our portraiture project
- create a new blog post with the following:
- your response to today’s essential question: How do you think people perceive you? How is this similar or different to what you are actually like?
- the subject you plan to use for your portrait (if you plan to use someone besides yourself, write how you will obtain high-resolution images of this person by next class)
- imagery you plan to incorporate into your portrait to depict the conflict between appearance and reality
- 5-8 images depicting the style you hope to create with your portrait (photorealistic vs. collage, clean vs grungy, use of text, etc.)